Monday, February 2, 2015

Locke & Key

Author: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (Artist)
Info: IDW Publishing, Vol 1. copyright 2008, 967 pages (series)

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): What would you do with a magical key?

Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...

~Goodreads Description Volumes 1-6

That blurb is pretty short and sweet, but direct and accurate nonetheless.  So you have this house with lots of doors and lots of keys that do some pretty miraculous things.  Step through one door and you become a ghost.  Unlock a certain cabinet and place a broken object inside to make it new.  There are keys that give you wings, change your gender, or manipulate the way people see you.  It's kind of a cool house...if it wasn't so extremely creepy.  Because just below the house is a portal to the depths, teaming with monsters and demons that are drawn to our world.  And there is a boy who wants very badly to open the door.

Joe Hill and artist, Gabriel Rodriguez, have created a haunted house for the ages.  It is both terrifying and intriguing at the same time which is quite the feat.  Rarely have I ever said that despite the horrors of the haunted house, I still want to go inside.  I'm not big on haunted houses (despite liking to be scared on occasion).  The best part of the story is that evil is not just evil and good is not just good.  We all have a little bit of both in us.  We are all capable of amazing things and truly horrifying things.  We're human.  It's in our nature.  Tyler, one of the main protagonists of the story, is a teenager fighting hormones and parental pressures.  He's a good kid.  But he's also capable of harsh words and even harsher actions.  But Hill and Rodriguez creatively show that people can change, they can grow.

And of course, there is the underlying theme of "with great power comes great responsibility."  Because the keys are way awesome, but is the awesome really worth it in the end?

A great read from start to finish.  It's only 6 volumes, so it's a quick read.  If you like to be a little scared, are a fan of monsters, or wonder about those bumps in the night, give Locke & Key a read.

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